“The only way to keep a broken vessel full is to keep the faucet running.”
I am reading Max Lucado’s book “Just Like Jesus” and in the book he speaks to this issue. In chapter 5 entitled “Being Led By An Unseen Hand”, Max quotes John 17:23.
I will be in them and you will be in me so that they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them just as much as you loved me.
In the book there is a statement that reads, “It was as if he heard a voice that others were missing.”
We are broken vessels and we have to keep the Spirit of God flowing into and through us in order to hear that voice that the majority of the world is missing. It is so easy to put on the new man and take off the old in order to pick up the old man and put him back on once again. Christianity is a challenge, it is a challenge to close out the influences that the world sends our way and keep the Christ influences in. It is a challenge to keep the old man down. Anyone who tells you that it is not a challenge just doesn’t understand.
I was thinking this morning of pride. It is so easy to get victory over something in Christ and through the Spirit of God and then pride comes along and we find ourselves defeated once again. Look out for pride. Maybe we can focus our thoughts this week on, I have taken that old coat (old man) (old nature) of and put on the new (Christ). The old is staying off and the new is staying on.
God, help me to stay focused. Help me to keep the old sin nature put down and the new Christ nature lifted up. Help me to stay in constant contact with you, help me to hear the voice that not many seem to hear.
“God desires to be as close to you as he was to Christ –
so close that he can literally speak through you and
all you need do is translate;
so close that tuning in to him is like putting on headphones;
so close that when others sense the storm and worry,
you hear his voice and smile.”